I entered the work force when I was fourteen years old. Since then I have probably worked forty maybe even fifty jobs. I lost count. Sure some jobs were better than others, but overall, I never really enjoyed clocking in. Something happened when I was living in Chicago though. I discovered independent contractor jobs. My first independent contractor job was a dog walking position. I loved it. It was the first time I really had more freedom in my work space. I wasn’t completely autonomous, but it was much better than what I was used to. When I moved to Wilmington, NC I taught meditation and did aura readings. I was an independent contractor. What I didn’t know was that I was working my towards becoming my own boss.
In 2016 my wife and I started a dog walking business. It’s January 11th, 2018. I have been my own boss for two years now. I love it. I may be ready to move on from our current business, but I’m not ready to move on from being my own boss. It works for me and that feels good. So as we transition out of the dog walking business and into our new brand, its a little scary. I honestly don’t think I could go back to working for someone else, I really don’t. I like to call the shots. I like to take risks. I like to hustle. I like knowing that my motivation will be compensated.
It took me a long time to figure out what was wrong. It also took me more time trying to make my survival space match up with my identity. Fail and fail some more and eventually you will find an open door. When working for others, doesn’t work – start looking at what will work.
I spent a lot of time doing dumb shit like looking through jobs I would hate simply because I thought that was all I could get. I didn’t know my worth. I didn’t know my strengths. Running a business has taught me so much. It showed me that if I really put my mind to it and invest my energy I can get results. It also has taught me to respect myself and my time. It was a process of stepping into my worth. I imagine I will continue to do that in my next endeavor.
What brand or business do you want to create?